Four Williams and a Henry

I’ve been deep into the weeds lately, organizing the first two generations of Bembrys. It’s more or less like herding cats, particularly when it comes to Williams. I wrote previously about how I had mixed up Miles Bembry II and William Bembry I. To be fair, I wasn’t the only one: their estate files were […]

The Reckoning

For a while there, I used Ancestry’s Family Tree Maker. Then I switched to Family Search’s Legacy, and spent quite a bit of time getting that organized. Then, a couple of years ago, I bought a desktop Mac, and realized too late that I couldn’t use Legacy on it. (But I still love the Mac). […]

Researching Slave-Owning Ancestors

There are two topics that are guaranteed to come up in just about ongoing discussion of American family history research: slavery and slave ownership. Genealogy television shows frequently explore the subject: of course you would expect to see that on Henry Louis Gates’ excellent African-American Lives. But, it’s remarkable how many celebrities (not all Southern) […]

Thomas N. Bembry, Part I

My 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas N. Bembry, was born on 26 January 1828 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. His parents were Thomas Bembry and Martha “Patsy” Dicken. The “N” for his middle name may have been for Needham Bryan, his great-grandfather.  Or, it could have been Nathan, for another great-grandfather, Nathan Harris. Thomas N. is found on […]